Philippines records 643 fresh COVID-19 cases as country awaits fresh quarantine orders

Kristine Sabillo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 29 2020 04:59 PM | Updated as of Jun 29 2020 05:25 PM

Commuters take a bus from the MRT-3 North Avenue station in Quezon City as part of the MRT-3 Bus Augmentation Program on June 29, 2020. Public transport remains restricted as the government seeks to curb the spread of the respiratory disease. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News


MANILA — The Philippines recorded on Monday 985 additional cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), 643 of which are considered “fresh," with prevailing community quarantine measures set to expire on Tuesday.

It is the 3rd highest number of fresh cases reported in a single day since the Department of Health re-classified new cases on May 29. This brings the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases since the start of the outbreak to 36,438.

Of the 643 fresh cases, which refer to those whose test results were released within the last 3 days, 223 are from the National Capital Region, 106 are from Region 7 or Central Visayas and 314 are tagged as “Others," which refer to cases from other regions or those without location information.

Of the 342 late cases, or those whose results were released at least four days ago, 96 are from NCR, 29 from Region 7 and 217 tagged as “Others.”

While NCR has long been the epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak in the Philippines, Cebu City and Cebu Province are now among the emerging hotspots because of the recent spike in cases.

Because of this, Cebu City has been under the stricter enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).

President Rodrigo Duterte is expected to announce new quarantine classifications for the country on Tuesday. 

The DOH also reported 270 new recovered patients or a total of 9,956 recoveries. Recoveries have been more than 200 since June 11.

Meanwhile, there were 11 new COVID-related deaths or a total of 1,255 fatalities.

Of the active cases, 23,451 (95.6%) are considered mild cases, 126 (0.5%) severe cases, 26 (0.1%) critical cases and 922 (3.8%) asymptomatic cases.

More than 10.1 million people worldwide have been infected with COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, according to the Johns Hopkins University coronavirus dashboard. Of those 5.1 million have already recovered while more than 501,000 have died.